MA in Peacebuilding and Collaborative Development

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Important Deadlines for Canadian and US Students

All new applications should be completed and received by:

  • March 31 for the Spring/Summer Semester
  • May 30 for the Fall Semester
  • August 30 for the Winter Semester

If you have missed a deadline, contact Graduate Studies Admissions.

Deadline for International Students 

Due to study permit processing times taking between 10-15 weeks, completed applications must be received by

  • March 30 for the Fall Semester
  • June 30 for the Winter Semester
  • January 31 for the Spring Session (CSOP)

Admission Requirements

  • Students seeking admission must be qualified to engage in graduate-level study. Successful applicants will have completed a four-year baccalaureate degree from a recognized university or college with a minimum average of 'B', based on the last 60 credit hours or two full years or equivalent of university study.
  • International students must meet English language proficiency requirements.

Transfer Credit

Students may be eligible to transfer relevant graduate courses from other institutions. The number of credits that can be transferred is limited by CMU's degree and residency requirements.

Pre-Masters Course Work

  • The 30-credit hour degree program is articulated for those who hold a four-year baccalaureate degree in a field related to the degree: peace and conflict studies, conflict analysis and resolution, conflict transformation, or development studies. Applicants with degrees in a related discipline or profession, and who have little or no academic background in peace and/or development studies, may be required to take additional (pre-masters) courses, up to twenty-four (24) credit hours in cases where one has no prior academic background in the relevant fields of study.
  • Practitioners with limited formal study in the fields of peace/conflict resolution or development, but with a history of work in these areas, may request an assessment of their readiness for entrance into the program.  The assessment may result in a reduction of  the amount of pre-masters course work  from what might otherwise be required.
English Proficiency Requirements

International applicants whose primary language is not English must also demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following tests:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A minimum score of 550 (Paper-based) with no less than 50 in each component, or achieve a minimum score of 213 (Computer-based) with no less than 17 in each component, or achieve a minimum score of 80 (Internet-based) with no less than 19 in each component.  
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Minimum overall band score of 6.5 based on the Academic Module, with no less than 6.0 in each individual category.
  • CanTest:  An average score of 4.5 in Listening and Reading; and a score of 4.0 in Writing*  (*a score of 3.5 in Writing may be considered, provided the student is registered in ACWR-1010 Writing for Academic Purposes in their first semester).
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  A score of C
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery):  Minimum score of 80%
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment):  Minimum score of 60
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic):  Minimum of score of 58
  • Successful completion of the AEPUCE (Academic English Program for University and College Entrance) offered at the University of Manitoba or a comparable program at a recognized University.
  • Successful completion of Academic Level 5 in the English Language Program (ELP) at The University of Winnipeg
  • ESP (English for Specific Purposes Program) at The University of Winnipeg:  Minimum C+ in Academic Writing 1 and 2

If you think your country may be exempt from the English proficiency requirements, please consult our Exemption List.  Additionally, there are specific English proficiency waiver options.  

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